Friday, 15 September 2017

FAIRYTALES & PHILOSOPHIES

'Disneyanity' isn't an "official" religion, despite having legions of followers! Jody Jean Dreyer who worked for the Walt Disney Company for 30 years and who holds to somewhat older form of faith, has written, in Beyond the Castle, an engaging and, frequently, thought-provoking book that explores the desire for happily-ever-afterings that have been deeply held within the human heart for millennia.

The author examines the creative ethos of Walt Disney and the company he founded; exploring the messages found within the Disney films and theme-parks, she offers answers - or at least valid choices and informed options – to some of the Life Questions (large and small) with which we daily grapple.

This is not just a book for Disney fans, but for anyone aware of the need for a 21st Century equivalent of 'The Power of Positive Thinking'.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

TAYLOR'S TIPPLE

An example of celebrity product-endorsement with a decidedly Disney association...



Saturday, 15 April 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A GREMLIN IN THE WORKS


It has long been known that Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, Matilda, The BFG and many other best-selling children's books) wrote his first book in 1943 while serving with the British RAF.

Entitled The Gremlins, it was a story about those legendary imps whom wartime pilots blamed for any problems they encountered with their planes – taking the reader into the world of this diminutive, devilish saboteurs.

Walt Disney bought the story and was determined to bring it to the screen as a major wartime animated feature.

In his latest book, the indefatigable Jim Korkis takes up the tale of one of the most fascinating film projects to never see the light of a projector lamp. The full saga unfolds in Gremlin Trouble! The Cursed Roald Dahl Film Disney Never Made with an Foreword (penned Before his death) by veteran Disney artist Bill Justice, who had worked on the ill-fated project.

As with every Korkis book on Disney, this is a rattling good read: crammed with facts, but told with the lively engagement of a born storyteller.